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From Margot Robbie’s Oscar Look to Conquering Brain Surgery, Meet Pati Dubroff | Magic Hour

– This is me doing
Margot’s makeup Oscars day when Margot was nominated for I, Tonya. (moving instrumental music) What I love most about makeup is that when someone has applied just the right makeup and they look in the mirror,
and there’s this spark of (gasps), they know that
they look like the best version of themself in that particular moment that there’s a spark of
(gasps) oh, I like what I see. And it feeds them with a
confidence that’s going to enable them to do whatever
it is they have to do next, whether it’s just go to work
or whatever their work is or to go show up on the world’s stage. (moving instrumental music) (containers rattling) I wonder if it was these. These were the gemstones that I attached to Priyanka for the Met Gala this year. (moving instrumental music) Is it in the right place, in the middle? Swarovski crystals; we don’t mess around. Applied with lash glue
to hold them on the face. That’s the trick. Oh, this is Claudia Schiffer from the 90s. This was Bjork’s “Big
Time Sensuality” video. Baby Britney, October 2005, June 2004. Oh, this was for your magazine. It was a beauty issue and me and Dakota. My first actress was Liv Tyler. I did Jennifer Connelly,
Kirsten Dunst, Angelina Jolie. My biggest Red Carpet
was with Noami Watts. Charlize was great. She brought me in to
incredible Dior campaigns, and I worked on film with her, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, with her. I think the bottom line
is about first making sure that person feels great, treating it as what can I do to help support them so they can do all this stuff they have to do? And it’s hearing them, hearing
what kind of mood they’re in and really just making sure
that you’re not too much in their face, but you’re
also a support person that, if they glance, you’re there, you catch it, you’re there to help them. I was born in Germany, and we left Germany when I was just a couple years old, and then we moved to New
York and then New Jersey. We settled in New Jersey. (gentle pleasant piano music) I discovered makeup at 10,
and I became really obsessed. And I would sit in front
of my mothers’ makeup table and play and play and play. And then I would start to do my friends and for school plays and dances, and I knew that the second I
graduated high school I needed to get to New York City and
figure out how I could do that. So I moved to New York
City, got a job right away selling makeup at a department store, and then I was ready to play. And I was painting faces
of all these women, real-life women, customers, all day long. And then I started assisting. I think the very first person
I assisted was Bobbi Brown for a fashion show. And then I was really lucky to get invited to be on a very large
team of Francois Nars. And Francois took notice
of me at that show and asked me what I was up to and, at just at that moment, his
first assistant had left him. And he invited me to
come around the next day, and then I was with him
for a year and a half as his first assistant. And he, Francois, specifically
was an amazing teacher. He did one thing that
was really interesting. He would do one side of the face, and then he would have me
have to match the exact on the other side of the face. Another big thing that I
was taught as an assistant, which is don’t do makeup in
a room that has bad lighting. Go to a window. Go outside if you can. And Francois specifically taught me that if you do makeup
in this natural light, no matter how it’s being photographed, no matter if it’s black and
white or color photography or film or still or buh buh buh, if it looks good in natural light, it’s gonna look good in
every other environment. – Hi!
– Hi! So great to see you. – Yeah, hi!
– Yay! – I’m happy to be here.
– I’m so happy you came to play.
– Oh, of course. What’s new? – So many amazing things. – Ooh, wow.
– You know we’re all about the devices, the
GloPro; have you tried it? – Not yet, but I think I might, have to.
– It’s amazing. – What I think makes
a great makeup artist, wow, there’s so many things. You need to be incredibly
organized, (chuckles) organized, incredibly clean. How do you keep it clean? – You spritz it down with alcohol. – Alcohol, just alcohol.
– Yeah, mm-hmm. – Is this a flashlight? – Looks like a flashlight, right? It’s actually an LED light
that’s geared towards acne. – Oh, that’s great.
– It’s a high-tech spa treatment. – And I believe a great
makeup artist is also someone who really cares about the
person in front of them ’cause then you’re giving makeup and you’re sharing makeup
instead of dictating makeup. So I haven’t seen these. – Oh my gosh, this is amazing. It’s a cheek stain.
– Oh, that’s for cheek, not lip.
– Yeah. I think we can do it multi–
– Is it a multi thing? – Yeah. – Ooh.
– It’s just like a watercolor sheerness to it, so– – You guys are watching us geek out (Maureen laughs)
to the max. We could just stand here and talk about cheek texture forever.
– Mm. – Oh, can I try it on you?
– Yeah. (Maureen laughs) – And I think what makes
a great makeup artist is one who sees beauty everywhere. Dot, dot, dot, dot, bop, bop,
bop, bop, bop, buh, buh, buh. And sees beauty in many ways so that you’re not
myoptically only looking for beauty in one particular way or place. That’s pretty.
– You’ve got the magic touch. Feels so nice when you do this, thank you. – What makes a great makeup artist is people who feed themselves creatively and have interests that are broad, look at art everywhere and
look at inspiration everywhere. That’s a great makeup artist. (birds chirping)
(plane roaring overhead) – [Woman] Yeah, (speaks
indistinctly) coming. – You see the Hollywood sign okay? (woman speaking indistinctly) It’s pretty big. (chuckles) (gentle acoustic guitar music) Well, I’m a morning person for sure. So I love early, early mornings. I love being up with
the sun, like sunrise. I like the quiet of the mornings, but that’s not to say that
I don’t love a sunset, too, and especially getting
to see in California such incredible sunsets; they’re magic. This is my favorite time
to come out here and walk because yeah, the light is
so beautiful; it’s magic. (birds chirping) Two years ago, two and a bit years ago, there was this thing in my mouth
that was weird and growing. And they checked it out,
and it was something easy for the oral surgeon to take care of. But there was a scan of
my head that was ordered. The radiologist who read that scan detected a cerebral
aneurysm, so he called. He’s like, good news, benign, da da da. You have to go back to the oral surgeon, but the radiologist, and
I remember writing down, detected a cerebral, and I didn’t know how to spell aneurysm. So I need to refer you to a brain surgeon. So then I started meeting brain surgeons and to understand how risky it was. So it was decided that it would be best for me to deal with it
and not have this fear of a ticking time bomb in my head. So I, yeah, I had brain
surgery two years ago. Yeah, I had my head cut open,
and they clipped the aneurysm, and I’m great, never been better. And I’m blond as a result. It’s a whole other story. (laughs) (stirring instrumental music) I feel like it gave me a
reboot; I’ll call it a reboot. It was like a reset button,
like oh, priority shift. What’s important? It’s not like I do less now or slowed down or something as a result ’cause I go, but I go more mindfully. (stirring instrumental music) So yeah, this is a
recreation of Margot’s look from the London premiere of
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. And I did a orange and purple eye and then a deep plum sheer lip. – [Woman] Welcome to our
white carpet, Margot Robbie! (crowd cheering) – Margot has a really
incredible, rare face that I’ve come across that you
can do anything on her face. I can do a very strong, almost
black lip like I did for, that was Suicide Squad New York premiere. She’s wearing Alexander McQueen dress that had a unicorn on it. So what do you do with a
silver unicorn dress, right? You do a black lip, of course. Or she can take a crazy
swatch of yellow eyeshadow. That was the premiere of
Goodbye Christopher Robin in London, I think. – It’s just very moving. It’s beautiful, and it’s
magic, and it’s moving. It’s amazing. – She was wearing this bronc dress that felt very nightgown with
little, delicate flowers, and there was these
little, delicate flowers, and there was a little yellow in there, and I’m like we’ve gotta
toughen this thing up. This looks too soft, so yellow, yellow. Who can take that? Margot Robbie, she can;
she can take anything. (lilting pleasant instrumental music) I think that people are more willing to take risks with makeup
now than in the past. I feel like, in the past, at least we’re talking Red Carpet, – Right.
– right? In the past, I think that people were a bit more afraid to take risks. Now, people are willing to take edgier risks with their makeup. And I’m not gonna take
credit for that at all, but two years ago, straight after brain surgery,
my first job with Margot was that Red Carpet in
London, and I did yellow. And they were like are you okay? You just had brain surgery, are you sure? And I’m like, I’m sure. A swipe of bright yellow
on a Red Carpet like that on a person like a Margot
definitely gets attention, and I think it helps eke
open a door for other people to feel confident to
do something bold also. (stirring instrumental music) – [Woman] Do you think
your 10-year-old self or even your teenage self,
when you were just starting to do the makeup, what
would she think of you now? – Mind blown. She would have no idea of the vast potential. I think she’d think I was pretty cool. It’s pretty cool what I get to do. I can’t imagine ever not doing makeup. I know that carrying that makeup kit around the world has a shelf
life because it’s hard. It’s hard to travel, and it’s hard to just physically do that. But I’m always gonna find
a way to keep doing it. There’s one fantasy of living
in San Miguel de Allende and doing weddings; that’s an idea. (chuckles) I might just say
bye, I’m gonna go do that now. And I just know that
wherever I go in the world, I could still do people’s makeup. And it doesn’t have to be big movie stars. I’m good with that. It’s just I wanna make people feel like the best versions of themselves, and that’s what I’m gonna keep doing. I’ve been doing it since I was 10, and I hope I’m still doing it at 90. (uplifting moving instrumental music)


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